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Mourinho: Man United vs Everton Clash Will Be Tough

Mourinho: Man United vs Everton Clash Will Be Tough

Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho expects an absorbing encounter against Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park.

United go into Sunday's game against Everton hoping to replicate their League Cup form after defeating West Ham 4-1 on Wednesday.

United who have drawn their last two league games, are currently sixth in the league table on 20 points and 11 points adrift of leaders Chelsea who have 31 points.

Commenting ahead of Sunday's game during his Friday's press conference, Mourinho said he was looking forward to getting a tough game.

"I managed against Martinez's Everton, Moyes' Everton and it is always difficult," Jose said. "It is always beautiful with a great crowd and a great stadium which is historical for my country as Eusebio scored four goals in one match there during the World Cup in '66. I had so many great matches there. Some I lost, some I won, but always a great match. The way United is playing, combined with the way Everton always try to play means it should be a very good match," Mourinho stated.

Despite just making his first appearance for United against West Ham in the League Cup in midweek, Mourinho stated that long time absentee Bastian Schweinsteger has a big role to play for his side this season.

He also discussed about Schweinsteiger's future with United.

"Everybody was happy as when he was not training with the team he did it with a professional way. He was struggling, because it is not easy, but he managed to do that without getting injured. He was continually working for a month, so we saw this as a good opportunity for him to play a little bit… He is one who can help us.

"Of course he can. When you have a contract with the club you are the powerful one – you can decide your future. In the summer we tried to make something happen for Bastian to get a different future, but he was the powerful one and decided to stay, even in difficult cicrumstances. He worked for that and deserved the happiness of the last match… I like people who are determined."

And on Anthony Martial's recent  performance and the injury to Luke Shaw, Mourinho said: "He is working harder than before, to be honest," Mourinho said. 

 

"When you score goals I think it helps for happiness to be back. As an attacking player you can play very very well, but if there are no goals then the happiness is not there.

"The injury (to Shaw) is a pity. We were on this process of developing him as a player – he has a lot to learn and great potential to develop, so we were giving him 90 minutes. Not consecutive matches but 90 minutes against Feyenoord then, one week later, 90 minutes against West Ham, but he got this little injury."

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